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TRENDING List of Famous Pacifists

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List of famous pacifists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top pacifists in the world? This includes the most prominent pacifists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable pacifists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic pacifists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned pacifists.

List below includes John Lennon, Albert Einstein, and more people. Featuring pacifists of all different religions and of history, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known pacifists to the lesser known pacifists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the pacifist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous pacifists ever?" and "What are the names of famous pacifists?" then you're in the right place. 
Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
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Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Einstein is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence ...more

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Age: Died at 76 (1879-1955)

Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Theoretical Physicist Author, + more

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#5 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#3 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#3 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#5 on Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
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John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a celebrated songwriting partnership. Born and raised in ...more

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Age: Died at 40 (1940-1980)

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician Film Producer, + more

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#18 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#6 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#11 on The Best Singers of All Time

#75 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma —applied to him first in ...more

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Age: Died at 79 (1869-1948)

Birthplace: Porbandar, India

Profession: Politician, Writer, Philosopher, Lawyer

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#28 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#23 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#90 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#13 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as ...more

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Age: Died at 46 (1854-1900)

Birthplace: Ireland, Ireland, Europe, Dublin

Profession: Poet, Journalist, Writer, Playwright

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#14 on The Best Writers of All Time

#96 on The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

#52 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#29 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
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Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian ...more

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Age: Died at 39 (1929-1968)

Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Atlanta

Profession: Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

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#23 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#67 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#8 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#14 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

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Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
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Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom ...more

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Age: Died at 88 (1880-1968)

Birthplace: Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA

Profession: Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

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#23 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

#66 on The Most Powerful Women In The World

#42 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#98 on Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

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Tank Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
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A man who stood in front of a column of tanks on June 5, 1989, the morning after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 by force, became known as the Tank Man or Unknown Protester. The tanks maneuvered to pass by the man, and he moved to continue to obstruct them, ...more

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Jeannette Rankin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
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Jeannette Pickering Rankin was the first woman elected to the United States Congress, in 1916 and again in 1940, from the state of Montana. After winning her House seat in 1916 she said, "I may be the first woman member of Congress but I won’t be the last." Rankin's two terms in Congress coincided ...more

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Age: Died at 93 (1880-1973)

Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, United States of America

Profession: Social Worker, Social activist

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